theory. mark halperin, howard fineman, thank you. coming up, we all thought it was going to be about the economy, remember that, but overnight foreign policy is emerging as a crucible in the campaign and that may not be good for romney who wanted to run on one thing, jobs. also, wait until you hear the latest riot of misinformation and downright nastiness from, guess who, the lady from alaska, sarah palin. and if the late great tim russert were here, he may say, ohio, ohio, ohio. the senate may be decided by the buckeye state. finally, let me finish tonight with mitt romney's pattern from the beginning to push for wars he never has to fight himself. this is "hardball," the place for politics. just picking up some, brochures, posters copies of my acceptance speech. great! it's always good to have a backup plan, in case i get hit by a meteor. wow, your hair looks great. didn't realize they did photoshop here. hey, good call on those mugs.